• FestivALL Dance Gala: This year, the event's special guests are Virginie Mecene and Martin Lofsnes of the prestigious Martha Graham Dance Company in New York. The gala runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Culture Center Theater.
Mecene and Lofsnes will perform selections from "Appalachian Spring." The Charleston Ballet and River City Youth Ballet Ensemble will also perform.
Tickets are $20, available at the door or in advance at the Clay Center (in person only) and Taylor Books.
See more on the gala in the June 23 Sunday Gazette-Mail Life & Style section.
• WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The group will screen the 2013 Oscar-nominated live action shorts from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Taylor Books. There are five shorts. Admission is free.
(The animated shorts nominees will be shown June 28 at Davis Park.)
• WEST SIDE OLD-FASHIONED ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Activities at this free annual event include archery, kids crafts, woodworking demonstrations, face painting and music by the Charleston Metro Band, Charleston Mountain Mission Youth Choir and Coal Train. There are also, of course, free ice cream cones from United Dairy. It takes place on the Stonewall Jackson Middle School lawn from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
• KIDS VARIETY SHOW: Ron Sowell hosts this event from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bluegrass Kitchen. There will be limited space for walk-in signups.
• MIKE THE KNIGHT MEET-AND-GREET: Kids and parents can meet the Nick Jr. character at a free Knight & Princess Party on Monday in Macy's Court at Charleston Town Center. There will be staged performances at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 20-minute meet-and-greets at 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
• DIZZY DOC'S AMAZING BALLOON SCULPTURE: Dizzy Doc and his crew will be building their giant sculpture Tuesday through June 30 in Charleston Town Center's Center Court. They'll be working from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
• TASTE-OF-ALL: Stop by the Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to sample dishes from 21 area restaurants. Tickets are required to sample food, and tastes range from 50 cents to $4.
Musical entertainment is Steve Himes (jazz guitar), 11 a.m. to noon; All Jazzed Up (big band and swing), 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m. and Tarab Raqs (Middle Eastern music and dance), 3:45 to 5 p.m.
The Mountain Valley & WV Kickers will give a clogging performance from 3 to 3:30 p.m., and there is open ballroom dancing from 1:45 to 2 p.m., followed by a dance contest from 2 to 2:30 p.m.
• EDGEWOOD CULINARY CHEF CHALLENGE: From 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Edgewood Country Club will host a cooking competition in the style of the Food Network's "Chopped." Local chefs Dr. Stefan "Rastaman" Maxwell and John "Wine Boy" Brown and their teams will be given a basket of ingredients and 90 minutes to plate two courses.
There is also a silent art auction as well as a wine tasting. The Fort Hillbillies provide music. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Tickets are $35. Call 304-343-5557 or visit www.edgewoodcc.com.
• EAST END GARDEN SHOWCASE: More than 30 local gardens are featured in this self-guided walking tour from dawn to dusk through June 30. Get a tour brochure at Zegeer Hardware, Contemporary Galleries or Bluegrass Kitchen.
• SPIRIT OF WEST VIRGINIA CRUISES: These one-hour cruises begin at Haddad Riverfront Park, go to the 35th Street Bridge and back. They run at 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids under 12 and $10 for veterans and seniors. On Saturday only, cruises are free.
• WV150 HISTORY & ART PARADE: Visual artists, street performers, historic re-enactors, marching bands and local organizations will parade down Kanawha Boulevard from Court Street to Greenbrier Street beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
• SUNRISE CARRIAGE TRAIL FIGHT FOR AIR WALK: In its second year, this event has expanded to include more artists. From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, walk the .65-mile trail and encounter musicians, dancers and artists along the way. This is a benefit for the American Lung Association.
Musicians are the Hillside Brass Five, Saudade (viola and guitar), Born Old (old-time music) and the West Virginia Youth Symphony's Aryana Misaghi (flute). Musical Easels, where artists swap canvases in time with live music, are 2:15 to 3 p.m., and the JADCO Contemporary Dance Company will present excerpts from the original ballet "Chasing Butterflies" at 1:30, 2:30 and 3 p.m.
• RIVER QUEEN CRUISES: These one-and-a-half hour cruises kick off at Haddad Riverfront Park and takes in sights along the Kanawha River. The first day is Wednesday through June 29, with cruises at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m.Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $11 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under.